During the summer months, I’m all about outdoor dining and that definitely includes food trucks. There are a few household names when it comes to food venues on wheels (i.e. the Mac Shack and the Green Zebra) in Metro Detroit, but there are also a few new kids on the block, too.
Grab your appetite and a friend and head to one of the following local food trucks for some grub on the go:
The Cook’s Crossing is the brainchild of Thom Ingram and Nate Bonkowski, who opened their food truck after some pop-up dinner practice. The two are seasoned veterans of the food and beverage industry with prior experience at several Metro Detroit hot spots. While the concept isn’t brand new, taking it on wheels is.
New American menu items you might find available on the truck include Cubano Sandwiches, Black Bean Sliders, Vegan Pho Noodle Bowl, Black Bean Tacos and more.
The Pita Post food truck serves unique pita sandwiches with “gourmet flair.” It opened at the end of last year and its world-class artisan sandwiches can be found all over the Metro Detroit area. Just take a peek at the truck’s website to find out where they’ll be each day.
The menu is composed of Stuffed in Detroit pita sandwiches including Sh-Ni-Tzel (with crispy breaded chicken breast, farmers salad, red cabbage slaw, jalapeno ranch and celery seed sauce), The Post Reuben (with corned beef, muenster cheese, red cabbage slaw, jalapeno ranch and celery seed sauce), The Falafel Boy (with hummus, farmers salad, cabbage slaw, pickles and Tahini sauce) and Not Yo’Mama, but Shawarma!! (with marinated chicken, hummus, farmers salad, cabbage slaw, pickles and Tahini sauce).
There are also plenty of snacks and goodies, including falafel, potato chips and sweet potato fries. Don’t forget the Phat Boy Fries (sweet potato fries smothered in marshmallow fluff and chocolate syrup, with a sprinkling of sea salt) or Mediterranean Baklava (layers of phyllo dough with nuts and honey) for dessert!
The sandwich menu includes options like BBQ Pork, Kung-Fu Chicken, and Veggie, all of which can be paired with side items such as Fried Pickles, Beer Battered Onion Rings and Garlic Fries. The Kung-Fu Chicken Sandwich is made with bourbon cilantro marinated chicken, and is topped with freshly made wasabi coleslaw. Yum!
You might also find Traditional Grilled Cheese, BBQ Grilled Cheese or Pesto Grilled Cheese on the list of options, which can be accompanied by Oven Roasted Tomato Soup with garlic and a sour cream drizzle.
Eskimo Jacks combines two of most human beings favorite things: cookies and ice cream. The artisan cookie and ice cream maker recently debuted its Eskimobile, so you can get your ice cream sandwich fix on the go.
As the side of the truck says, “Ice cream between cookies is always the answer. We promise.” Last week the truck was spotted at DTE in Detroit, but keep an eye on the Facebook page for further location details.
While not all cookie and ice cream flavors are available on a daily basis, you just might be able to grab an ice cream sandwich with M&M, Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips or S’more cookies and Cookie Dough, Nana’s Banana Puddin’, Scout’s Honor Mint Cookie or Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream.
Nowadays there are tons of food related trends out there, but I think it’s safe to say that the food truck is here to stay. Enjoy your meal on the go!